2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost debuts with renewed comfort
Eleven years after the original debut, the 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost premiered the world. Rolls-Royce, as you would expect, focused on improving comfort facilities further with the all-new Ghost, Rolls’s most successful model so far in modern times.
The Gen 2 fantasy is evidently evolving more in design than revolution. But look carefully and you will see the new Laser headlights with C-shaped daytime light and a bolder front bumper with an air intake that stretches over their width (which have a light range of 600 m). The side profile is much like the outgoing Ghosts, and also at the back, the changes in the shape of redesigned almost square-tail lights are minimal.
It is no coincidence that the appearance of the 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost is not far away from the original. Jon Simms, Engineering Director for the new Ghost, spoke exclusively of Autocar India and stated that Rolls-Royce was keen to work towards strengthening the positives of the Ghost in place of completely changing its recipe.
“A number of things had to be updated for the 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost, as regards the entertainment system and the connectivity, obviously the kind of legislative side of it. But in fact, our clients’ feedback was “not too much change, please.” Let’s just have this kind of iterative improvement. The key elements of what Ghost is – they didn’t want to change that’s feedback, “Simms said.
However, Rolls-Royces only reports that the Spirit of Ecstasy ornamental sculptures and the umbrellas housed within the door is the items carried over from the previous gene Ghost.
The 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost genre has a length of 89 mm, 30 mm mm in height and 21 mm in height and is built on the same aluminum space frame architecture as the larger Phantom and the Cullinan SUV. However, the wheelbase is still equal to 3,295 mm. This increase in overall length to 5.546 mm enabled Rolls to move forward the front suspension assemblies and place the motor behind the front axle for 50:50. Space for the boot has also increased to 507 liters.
The 6,6-Liter V12, replaced by the 6,75-Liter Phantom, twin-turbo V12, which generates 571 hp and an 850Nm torque, is for the 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost, with peak torque of as little as 1600 rpm. There is no way the new Ghost will be electrified, and while Rolls will step into the EV world, they will certainly not be hybridized, as Simms explained.
“Within the decade, electricity will certainly come to Rolls-Royce, but the hybrid is no alternative for us. The lack of compromise was always the focus of Rolls-Royce. Our customers have worked hard to get to the position where they need not compromise and hybrids are often the worst in both worlds, “Simms said.
Power is now available on all four wheels (originally Ghost was a back wheel drive), and the almost 2.5 tonnes new Ghost will be able to operate 0-100 kph within 4.8 seconds, and will continue at a high speed of 250 kph, electronically restricted. The new Ghost also features rear-wheel control, which improves agility at high speeds and maneuverability at low speeds, besides all-wheel driving.
The ‘Planar’ suspension system is also new to the second-generation Rolls-Royce Ghost. What Rolls has designed is the first ‘upper wishbone damper’ for the front-end suspension which works with the self-lifting air-supply, a ‘Flagbearer.’ The system uses a windscreen camera to scan the surface of the road and prevents the suspension from being modified to a speed of up to 100 kph. This will enable Rolls to offer the new Ghost the most intimate experience for ‘flying on land’ as a type of ride comfort.
The minimalist inside of the new-generation car – much like the outside one – looks rather familiar for someone who was in a Ghost before. Rolls-Royce has chosen to maintain comfort in acquaintance with the second-genre Ghost, and while claiming to be the most technologically advanced car of the brand, it has not sought to blind potential buyers to large displays and heavy features. Yes, it has a touch-screen infotainment system, but the dashboard has a number of buttons, dials, and ‘organ-station’ controls to control and maintain the basic climate and traditional chrome dials.
“Owners of the spirit are constantly being bombarded by connexions, information, exchange and what they really like about their Rolls-Royce is that if they enter it they sink into the seat. In the car, there is a lot of connectivity and technology, but in a very digital world, it can be an analog resting place. We understand what’s happening around the world, but we also know that our customers don’t want something to bamboozle them when they get into it, “adds Simms.
Rolls-Royce has also built a power supply for the door-opening system to enhance passenger comfort, claiming it has used extensive sound-proofing measures and well over 100 kilograms of acoustic damping material throughout the new Ghost. While Rolls experimented with the idea of a completely silent cabin, acoustic experts felt that it was “disoriented,” instead of only a single sound “whisper” within the car.
The illuminated dashboard, which evokes the ‘Starlight Headliner’ feature already offered by Rolls-Royce, represents an eye-catching addition to the new Ghost. On the passenger side of the car table, 152 LEDs are illuminating the ghost word mark and over 850 “stars” when the car is operating; when the car is switched off the display is invisible.
A micro-environmental clearance system, a head-up, 360 degrees cameras, and adaptive cross-checkers, nighttime wildlife, and pedestrian warnings are also part of the 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost equipment list, with a large speaker acting as a Starlight headliner, auto parks, rear-seat entertainment screens, and 1300-watt audio system.